Tumbleweed Rolling Along, Leap Release Imminent

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 29, 2015

Jos Poortvliet wrote at the home of the Geeko today that some major KDE updates have landed in Tumbleweed. Leap nears ever closer to release as the wiki is populated. Elsewhere, Italo Vignoli said upcoming LibreOffice 5.1 will start twice as fast as its predecessor and Hunter Banks has solved the mystery of the vanishing Linux games on Steam.

Tumbleweed users were given a heads-up today that KDE Plasma 5.4.2, Frameworks 5.15, Applications 15.08.2, and Qt 5.5.1 are the latest updated goodies. He said these releases bring stability back to KDE, that suffered a bit of setback last release due to the Intel driver issue. Poortvliet said these updates also bring things like:

* updated keyboard configuration
* new and updated icons
* more reliable KWallet
* faster Baloo search
* lots and lots of bug fixes

The release of stable 42.1 Leap draws nigh and the wiki is being updated at a fevered pace. Most of the information sounds like it's coming along, but there are a few edits remaining I'm sure. Under the hood we find that "openSUSE Leap 42.1 operates with the 4.1 series Linux Kernel," a LTS kernel and Plasma 5.4.2 is the default desktop. Btrfs is the default filesystem for root and XFS for /home. Cups Postscript is now deprecated in favor of PDF and applications include LibreOffice 5.0, Firefox 41, and ThunderBird 38.2. Those are besides all the desktop specific applications, of course. Besides KDE Plasma, Leap includes GNOME 3.18.2, Enlightenment 0.19.12, Xfce 4.12.1, and MATE 1.10. openSUSE tools received attention for this release as well with the highlight being the addition of Snapper, a snapshot archive and restore app for the btrfs, and its integration into YaST. The screenshot pages look pretty much complete as well. Leap should go Gold Friday and then be released to the public November 4.


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